Is making sense of a story more important than getting at its truth? Looking at the treatment of myth in ancient Greece may help us navigate what is true, and whether that matters.
Across the Graeco-Roman Empire, the romantically challenged turned to magic to improve their chances
Grecian love is often idealised as an respectable model for queer love. However, there's more pleasure and reality to be found in ancient Rome's dirtier version
Heroes and heroines of Classical Greek tragedy used to get all the glory. Today scholars, and theatre and film directors are looking to what the minor players can tell us about the zeitgeist.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe brings the virtues and politics of the comic world - indeed the Ancient Greek world - to life. But trusting the message doesn't mean I trust the corporation behind it.
Ancient frescoes suggest Europe and south Asia had trade links as long as 3,600 years ago.
From Aeschylus to The Matrix, the trilogy has a long history. But perhaps no film series has used it as successfully as Star Wars.
From a young age, Neaera was trained for the life of a hetaira, or courtesan. Her tragic story comes to us only through court documents, but she deserves to be remembered.
Like many Greek myths, the story of Persephone's descent into the realm of Hades, and her emergence from it, has resonances in contemporary arts, most especially the notion of death and rebirth.
Since its beginnings, theater has been where the public can see what was happening, a venue for transparency and a point of view on real-life scenarios. It defines the American political landscape.
From the earliest days of democracy, thinkers have warned that letting the people rule could work out badly.
The challenges of climate can seem overwhelming. But individual choices can be guided by ancient wisdom.
The Ancient Greeks modelled a form of education that, in variants, has endured for centuries. But with climate change and globalisation, the world has changed, and the role of education with it.
Members of the European Research Group are right to compare themselves to ancient Spartan warriors. Behind their combative stance, they seem to have no plan for when the Brexit war is over.
Stories passed down from the ancient world tell of self-powered machines able to move on their own – robots – playing key roles in historic moments.
In a time and place that offered few career opportunities for women, the role of priestess at Delphi was enormously influential. She was consulted on everything from warfare to love to public policy.
From about age seven, Spartan children learned to fight and practise obeying orders. They also staged pretend battles. Boys and girls were trained separately.
Trump appeals to his base in a way that philosophers knew was effective thousands of years ago.
The Parthenon has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation. But the building has a troubled past that is somewhat at odds with our ideas of democratic values.
Euripides’ dismissal by some as a misogynist sits uncomfortably alongside his complex and sympathetic female characters.